pixkris: Wedding Day Smiles (Inspire Writing)
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pixkris: Wedding Day Smiles (Inspire Writing)
At some point I'll do a more personal update. For now, though, I've started blogging about teaching again. This time it's going to stick.


Jul. 5th, 2010 10:57 am
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So I've decided that maybe what I need to jumpstart my journalling again is a fresh start. I'm in the process of setting up a Dreamwidth account (name over there is PixKris). I may x-post over here, but I'm not sure how that works with filters and such. I'll figure it out. In any case, if you're already at DW, please let me know.
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I've been really busy these past couple of months, and LJ seems to be the communication site I've neglected the most. So...if you've been posting and I haven't responded, I promise I'm not ignoring you. I just haven't been reading regularly. I'm trying to read a bit more often--at least to try to keep up with my nearest and dearest--but I'm sorry if I've missed a lot in the meantime.
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I'm stealing the title of this entry from Douglas Adams, obviously, but also from another board I post on. They have a yearly "Goodbye and Good Riddance" thread, which this year was subtitled, "So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish." Here's my entry, which I feel is fitting to include here.

So 2009. I'm glad we have the thread title we do, because 2009 gave me a lot of fish, figuratively speaking. 2008 had been the year from hell, and I limped into 2009 praying it would be a better year. It's not that it was a perfect year--it had its moments of stress and sadness--but it was a year of resettling and reaffirming the choices I'd made.

After a tough 2008-2009 school year, this fall semester has reminded me why I teach. I love my students, and working as the New Faculty Coordinator also allowed me to mentor new teachers, one of my passions. I'm only teaching three classes this year to provide time for my work with the new faculty, and that has been perfect. Just enough time in the classroom to fire me up about teaching and remind me that I have the best job in the world without being so overwhelmed with grading that I lose my life outside of school. Because of the pay cut I took when moving from the first LA school I worked at 2005-2006 to this one, I only finally got back to the salary I made when I first moved out here last year...and now the recession means I'll probably not see another increase until 2010-2011 unless something drastic changes. It's a little demoralizing making close to the same salary for five years straight when I've learned and grown so much, I'll admit, but I understand the realities of the economy and have faith that that will change at some point. I'm still very grateful to work somewhere that makes me happy and loves me as much as I love it. I wouldn't trade that for anything.

In and out of work, I have been deeply grateful for my friendships this year, including those with my family. My LA friend base really solidified, and I finally have a core group of best girlfriends here that bring a lot of joy into my life. It takes a long time for a new city to be home, and finding that urban family can be difficult, especially when so many people have to or choose to move away. 2009 was when I realized that I have a group again, a clan, an urban family. I cherish them. Of course I also cherish my online family, who has been witness to so many of my ups and downs in the past six years. You people are often my sanity, and I'm so grateful to have you in my life.

We started renting the back house at the end of 2008, and Drew really turned it into a working office/studio/base of operations for Diablo Sound in 2009. One of our greatest blessings has been his company's success. In a time of recession and layoffs, his company grew tremendously, and he was able to hire three full time workers for a six month contract. Over the course of the past six months, he employed 20+ other folks at least here and there, so we can feel good about the company's success, but also its success in providing more work when work was scarce. I am so proud of him. He has been a professional sound designer and self-employed for 10-15 years, and most of those years were very, very sparse. He lived on Mac&Cheese and ramen noodles and shacked up with two or more roommates for most of them. In the past five years, his business has gone from spotty to solid, and it all stems from how hard he works. He strives to be ethical, fair, and generous as a businessperson and a boss, and that makes me want to be with him even more.

Speaking of, the highlight of this year for me personally was the unique, heartwarming proposal I got last May (see tagline). Sharing that moment (or, I should say, those moments) with all of you was wonderful. Drew and I have been through a lot together since we started dating in 2005, and everything that has happened has convinced me that he is the love of my life. We leave tomorrow to fly to Hawaii (meep!) to get married on Tuesday the 5th, and I can't wait to call him my husband.

So thanks for all the fish, 2009. You saved a very difficult decade for me. And 2010? I'm expecting great things!


Dec. 10th, 2009 09:17 pm
pixkris: Wedding Day Smiles (Shiny!)
Shallow fashion help needed!

I'm looking for a beautiful red pendant of some sort to wear with my wedding dress. The dress is strapless and rouched, so I'm looking for something relatively short (I don't think a choker, but maybe if it was the right one) and RED. I could go gemstone (ruby or garnet) or crystal or glass or something else, but I don't want it to be too small or too big (too small won't show up; too big will overwhelm my frame). I want it to pop, but I don't want to spend a fortune. Classy is good, but fun is too. Unique is a must! I'm carrying the red bouquet in the center of the top row of the "bouquets" page here. The dress is style #3966 on this page.

Caveats--I hate yellow gold and I'm very allergic to nickel, so cheap metals are out. I can usually do silver for a limited amount of time. White gold would be awesome.

Help a girl out? (Barb and Jilli, I'm especially looking at you, fashion goddesses!)

Here are a few things that piqued my interest so far:

clicky link #1 (too busy?)

clicky link #2 (but not brass or gold)

clicky link #3 (this is too long for the wedding dress, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!)

clicky link #4 (too simple?)

clicky link #5 (HA! Just kidding.)
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Eee! Best one yet, in my opinion!

pixkris: Wedding Day Smiles (Hee!)
This is the best 15 minutes I've spent in a long time. BEST. LABYRINTH. REVIEW. EVER.

Seriously, if you like Labyrinth even a little bit, you must watch this. It also gives good insight into why I love teaching teenagers (even if they aren't all as cool as this one).
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So in case you haven't heard, Drew asked me to marry him. YAY! Wedding will be small and will take place some time in the next year. Big party to follow.

Vet Bills

May. 17th, 2009 01:22 pm
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Pets are expensive.
pixkris: Wedding Day Smiles (Inspire Writing)
My newest blog post at Little but Fierce is up: PEEP SHOW! It's not what you think.

It's better.
pixkris: Wedding Day Smiles (Shiny!)
Okay, so it's fairly simple, and Cricket helped me a lot...but I'm still proud. I made it for Drew's birthday since he's been meaning to set up a site for his business for a couple of years now and never quite got around to it. (In his defense, he's never gotten around to it because he's been so busy with work he hasn't needed to. Still, it's nice to have!)

Here 'tis: Diablo Sound.

If you see ANY proofreading errors, please let me know so I can fix them! I've been looking at the darn thing for so long that I wouldn't notice if I spelled Drew's name wrong anymore.
pixkris: Wedding Day Smiles (Inspire Writing)
A new essay is up on my teaching blog, Little but Fierce: Merit Pay Without Merit. I abandon humor this week in favor of righteous political indignation. Please share with anyone who you think might be interested. Thanks!
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Happiest of birthdays to the man I love. May 38 be the best year yet!
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After an absurdly long time being locked out of my own site because I was too stupid to realize I was trying to log in with the wrong username, my teaching blog is back up and running. Just a quick (but funny!) post for now, but I'll be posting regularly from now on.

Here's the link: Long Absence...But Pictures!

Please feel free to pass the site along to any teacher types in your life.

Good Day

Feb. 12th, 2009 09:29 am
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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] mfnlaw! Also, Happy 200th Birthday to Darwin and Lincoln!

I am having a *fabulous* morning. I got presents from three of my English department colleagues (action figure Darwin and Alexander the Great and writer magnets) at our morning meeting, and then my first period class came in singing Happy Birthday with a cake and little presents and cards! My students are SO DAMNED CUTE.

This is already the best birthday I've had in years.

Plus, I've now outlived Jesus and Alexander the Great, which is...um, I don't know. But that happened.

Good News

Dec. 19th, 2008 09:00 am
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I got very good news this morning! The vet called to say that the histolgy all came back negative for cancer. Zoe is going to be okay!

Thank you, universe, for a little bright light at the end of a long, dark year.

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

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On the twelfth day of Christmas, pix_kristin sent to me...
Twelve turtleshellys teaching
Eleven mayorjims writing
Ten cashmerepetts exploring
Nine misselis camping
Eight tattoos a-performing
Seven cats a-traveling
Six piercings a-laughing
Five bu-u-u-uffistas
Four road trips
Three german shepherds
Two good movies
...and a music in a photography.
Get your own Twelve Days:


Nov. 4th, 2008 08:28 pm
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OMG. I am so happy!!!!

Now if Prop 8 can just be defeated in California, my night will be complete.

Have to say, also, that I'm impressed by McCain's concession speech. Gracious and classy.
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Today is a historic election day! I'm starting a photo meme to commemorate it. If you'd like to participate take a picture of your "I Voted" sticker (or anything else vote related) and post it in your LJ with these instructions.


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